Mario Balotelli was asked about Jose Mourinho recently, and had some rather nice things to say about the Chelsea boss. The media are running with this as some sort of cry for help from the AC Milan player, but when reading what he actually had to say, it's probably not worth getting all that worked up over:
'Of course I would like to play under Jose again. In my first days at Inter we had some problems, but then it turned into a mutual respect, and now we have a real friendship.'
'It is never boring playing under Jose. When you are in Mourinho's team it is a family and he coaches on the principal that if all is well with the family it doesn't matter what is going on outside the team.'
It's always fun to speculate what may be going through the mind of a player like Balotelli, but in the case of Jose Mourinho, it's obviously nothing bitter. That's nice to know, as Chelsea have a massive need for improvement at center forward and Balotelli is a fantastic player.
At the same time, Mourinho has repeatedly insisted that we won't be adding a striker in January. More than likely this means we've already got a summer target in mind, and have had enough preliminary discussions with his club to know that he won't be available right now.
Still, it's not hard to hold out hope that Jose Mourinho is simply playing down the club's desire to add a striker as soon as possible, and that we'll make a move before the January window closes. The Mail are suggesting that Balotelli could be allowed to leave if the right offer is made , though, so some of us will be holding out hope of a Balotelli move this week.